Photos: mostly of ball-jointed Asian dolls (some not quite safe for work), cats, plants; occasionally art; and local Chicagoland scenery. Comments are moderated so they will take a bit to show up.
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My Friend Pegapup
..she passed away so unexpectedly on April 1st; I am still in disbelief. She was the one who introduced me to ball-jointed dolls (she had a DollZone msd boy, I think a Megu) And I was so amazed at how long his legs were, how smooth the resin was, and how fun his little anime face looked. Pegapup was just fearless sending out emails to people in China, and she made friends with a dealer, Yvonne Sze, who helped us figure out how it all worked and where to find clothes and shoes. And this was typical--Pegapup was charming and generous and had an incredible memory for the personal lives of everyone she met, and people loved her back. So she liked the dolls not just for themselves, but for the way the dolls were a way to meet new people and learn new things--Pegapup was also a talented seamstress and crafter. And dancer, and fount of information on the Roma, and the Gawazi in Egypt (she made friends with the band members of a famous Egyptian folk/dance ensemble, and ended up buying all kinds of amazing things from a friend of theirs--perfume bottles, boxes, chairs, wool rugs, all of which sold or became gifts). She was the first person I made friends with in New Jersey; she was doing a craft fair outside my condo complex and I looked at her stuff and said "You are in the Society for Creative Anachronism" and she was :D So we did SCA events together, and craft fairs, and Pennsic and just everyday things--she went through a marriage and a divorce and her parents passing away, and last year the loss of her son, who grew up with K. She was the person who took me to the airport when I left New Jersey for Chicago. I will miss her a lot.